Author: Jon Mosher

The State of Illinois defaults on its constitutional right to counsel obligation

A new study shows there are two overarching reasons why the State of Illinois is defaulting on its constitutional right to counsel obligations. First, the state requires counties and courts to provide and predominantly fund indigent defense systems in a

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6AC’s David Carroll appears on the OpenMike podcast

In a conversation ranging from national issues on right to counsel reforms, to Michigan’s continuing progress toward constitutional compliance, to the experiences of Wayne County (Detroit) establishing a new public defender system in response to a 6AC study finding significant

Assembly line pretrial representation in Delaware results in denial of right to counsel

In a decision that sounds a warning bell for public defense systems throughout the country, the Delaware Supreme Court has held that “[t]he Sixth Amendment requires more than the physical presence of counsel the first day of trial in a serious

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Last Week Tonight tackles indigent defense crisis

The 6AC was proud to help the folks at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver over the past couple of weeks as they developed an in-depth segment on the nationwide indigent defense crisis. Watch it here.

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Redefining the right to counsel in Tennessee

The voice of the people is negated on indigent defense in Tennessee. The 6AC points to a new way forward in resolving long-standing structural deficiencies in the state’s district defender conference model. Read more on this topic: Pleading the Sixth: Tennessee undermines

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Conference of Chief Justices endorses proposed National Center for the Right to Counsel

Pleading the Sixth: With a resolution adopted at its 2014 Annual Meeting, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) together have endorsed the proposed legislation to create a National Center for the Right

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